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Have You Seen Luis Velez?

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  15,355 ratings  ·  1,867 reviews
Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn't belong. Not with his mother's new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father's wife. Not at school, where he's an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he's tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who's introduced herself with a curious ...more
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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I wish it was a bit longer. How would you have liked it to end? I wanted Raymond to get in touch with the first Luis M, who told him about Millie's Luis, again. And I would have liked to see the step-mom be nice, just once.(less)

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Angela M
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s feel good and uplifting, a story about finding kindness and the goodness of people when and where it’s least expected. It was just what I needed. I’ve read so many tough stories these last months and watched way too much news reflecting the nastiness of our current political discourse. I needed a break. However, this is not what I would consider a light read. There are some serious and thought provoking themes, but the goodness of people that is reflected here gives one a little hope and co ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Amazon ad, Aga/Erin C reviews
5 stars

Catherine Ryan Hyde is an author I have been eyeing for years, and I have about a half dozen of her novels downloaded on my kindle. Finally, after seeing some superb reviews for Have You Seen Luis Velez? I decided to finally dive in and read one of her books.

This is a shining little gem. It is simply written, but laden with wisdom and life-affirming inspiration. It’s a tale about Raymond, a 16-year-old boy with an unhappy home life (“I just don’t fit in”), and his 92-year-old neighbor Mi
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Have You Seen Luis Velez?" will encourage you to look outside of yourself and see what is really around you, who is really around you. To try to put yourself into the shoes of those not like yourself, so you can understand how others might think and feel. This book is full of heart and feeling and left me knowing there is always something I can do to make this world a better place.

Raymond is a 16 year old black young man who feels like he belongs nowhere. His lives with his white mom, white st
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Such a beautiful story! Grab this one my friends and make sure the tea is hot, the cats are purring and that you have a great stock of tissue paper( Kleenex) on hand. When Raymond, an African American teenager befriends the elderly blind woman in his apartment building to help her find a friend, Luis Velez, a tale of friendship, family, and forgiveness begins.

I absolutely adored this book and I cannot wait to hear from other readers about their own reactions to it. But I am also feeling fierce
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dale
This is a wonderful, heart warming book which I feel sure many different readers will enjoy!

When 16 year Raymond meets Millie, a 92 year old blind woman who lives in his apartment block, she is outside her apartment looking for Luis Velez, a young man who has been coming weekly for the last four years to take her to the bank and the shops. It's been more than two weeks since he last visited and Millie is worried something bad has happened to him - and she's down to her last can of soup. Raymond
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
Have You Seen Luis Velez is a story of a boy who doesn't fit in and forms an unlikely friendship with his 92-year-old neighbour. Raymond is 17 years old and his only friend just moved away, leaving him with no friends. One morning on his way to school, he meets one of his neighbours on the second floor landing, looking for Luis . 92-year-old Millie is blind and Luis used to do her shopping for her until he mysteriously disappeared a few weeks ago. Millie is now running out of food. Raymond with ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming tale that brings light into darkness...

This is a story about possibilities and grace. About finding friendship and acceptance from the unlikeliest person, connections through unforeseen circumstances and, above all, community and love. It broke my heart, mended it, broke it again and then left me with a an open heart and a feeling of hope.

I don’t do summaries, but in short, Raymond, a teenager, finds Millie, a blind, nonagenarian wandering the halls of his building asking if a
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This was an EASY 5 stars for me!

I am always in search of characters who will stay with me, long after the final pages of the book has been turned, but few hold that honor.

Eleanor Oliphant (is completely fine)
Ove (A Man Called Ove)
Annika from “The Girl He Used to Know”
Harold Fry (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)
Queenie Hennessy (The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Harold Fry #2)

And, now, joining that elite list-Raymond and Mrs. G from this gem of a book!


She was wringing her
Elyse  Walters
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I simply can’t agree more with every 5 star review before me.
Totally absorbing story....
Thought endearing....
Vivid, beautifully controlled and written with effortless skill and empathy and inspiration!!!
Meeting Raymond, a high school junior in this page turning novel was a gift!

Quick read -VERY ENGAGING! Going in blind works!!!

Thank you Tracy for recommending it to me!!!!!

Highly recommended for those who want an immediate grabbing fiction story that’s both fierce and tender.
A po
Tara Rock
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read young adult novels and into the first few chapters thought I had made a mistake on this one. As I proceeded I was in awe of how deftly the author had inner woven very interesting characters with "Lessons" . There are Lessons on courage, predjudice, compassion, humility, integrity, loyalty, empathy, openmindedness, and more. The message delivered deserves 10 stars as it is powerful and by example; But, I am now very anxious to move on to murders, bloodlettting and things that go bum ...more
Karren  Sandercock
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine Ryan Hyde for my advanced copy of Have You Seen Luis Velez.
What a brilliant book and I loved it.
Raymond Jaffe is a mixed race 16 year old young man he lives with his mum, step father and three younger sisters. His father has married again, he stays with them every second weekend and his fathers new wife can't be bothered with him. He feels unwanted, unloved and a burden to everyone.
Raymond struggles to fit in at school, he has one friend
Catherine Ryan Hyde tackles racial prejudice and fear of anything that is considered ‘other’ in “Have You Seen Luis Velez?” Raymond’s father is black but his mother, stepdad and siblings are white. Raymond sees his father every other weekend but lives with his mother and stepdad, so he’s the only black person in the home. He feels different; he feels ‘other,’ and he doesn’t feel like anyone in his family is listening to him. When a ninety-two-year-old blind woman that lives in his apartment buil ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the 1st time I saw this book, the title drew me in right away. Then I read the synopsis and knew I would want to read this one. I've always really enjoyed stories about the relationships between the very young and very old. Raymond is a 17 year old kid, who feels like he doesn't belong in any aspect of his life. Mildred Gutermann is a blind 92 year old woman who lives in Raymond's building. One day they stumble upon one another and she asks him, "Have you seen Luis Velez"? From there an ama ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What better way to kick off the new year than by reading this gem of a book, Have You Seen Luis Velez? Kindness, compassion, generosity, acceptance…this is what we all need and deserve, and this is what author Catherine Ryan Hyde serves up in this highly recommended novel.

Raymond is in high school, a good student with divorced parents of different races. He struggles with his own identity, making friends, fitting in with his family and feeling comfortable in his skin. When his best friend moves
Erin Clemence
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

“Have You Seen Luis Velez?” is the question that starts it all. Raymond Jaffe is a teenager, who doesn’t fit in with his family and is trying to deal with his best friend moving away, when an elderly blind woman asks him about Luis Velez. Soon, Raymond is not only helping the elderly woman with her weekly errands, but he also takes on the mystery himself and is soon searching thro
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sherri Thacker
5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ What do you get when the main characters are a 92 year old woman and a 17 year old boy? A fabulous book about 2 people - Mildred and Raymond. Just a wonderful “feel good” book. I loved the characters, I loved the storyline, loved the whole thing! Of course, I love everything that Catherine Ryan Hyde writes!! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me this book for my honest review.

This book is due to be published in May 2019.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An endearing and delightful story of friendship, aging, loss and kindness

Raymond Jaffa is sixteen, a high school student and feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere. Not in school, not with his mom’s new family and not with his dad’s family either. His best friend moved away and now he spends his time with a 92-year-old woman who lives in his building, and is looking for Luis Velez.

Millie, a German Jew, has been alone since her caretaker, Luis, disappeared three weeks ago. She’s blind and
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Have You Seen Luis Velez? With that short sentence, a question uttered by a stranger in his apartment building, seventeen-year-old Raymond Jaffe’s is changed forever.

Up to this point, Raymond feels like he has only one friend, and that friend has just moved away. He feels like a misfit in his own family. His mother has remarried, he does not get along with his stepfather, and he has little in common with his younger stepsisters. His dad’s new wife wants little to do with him either.

May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re searching for a book to give you all the feels and one that will also restore your faith in humanity my friends then look no further. I’ve become a super fan of CRH over the past few years and this is my favorite of hers to date. Well, of the ones I’ve actually read because have you seen her backlist?! Impressive. But seriously, this is a special book and one that I won’t soon forget.

The driving force behind what makes a CRH fantastic is the incredible characterization, no doubt about
Raymond Jaffe was sad his best friend was leaving. Other than Andre, he had no other friends at school. So when an elderly woman in his apartment block stopped him with a question – “Have you seen Luis Velez?” Raymond spoke to her. Mildred Gutermann – call me Millie – had been alone in her apartment for the past seventeen days as Luis, who helped her with everyday chores, had disappeared. She was down to her last half can of soup which she’d been rationing. Raymond immediately determined he woul ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4.5 heart-warming stars

This book centers around belonging, friendship, and ultimately hope.

The main character is Raymond, a teen who is struggling to find his way. His best (and only) friend has just moved away, his parents are divorced and remarried, and he doesn’t feel like he fits with either family.

He’s headed off to school one day when he hears his elderly neighbor asking “Have You Seen Luis Valez?” Luis used to come by a few days a week to take her to the store and help her with other chor
Kerrin Parris
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Words to describe Have You Seen Luis Velez? Uplifting, thought-provoking, encouraging, and big-hearted. If you need any of those ideas in your life (and who doesn't), then I highly recommend this book. It is a simple reminder that if you want to see good in the world, YOU need to be the one to do good.

If you would like to discuss this book, check out my list of questions at
Judy D Collins
🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 Top Books of 2019!!!!! Top Audiobook of 2019!!!! I adore all Catherine Ryan Hyde books but HAVE YOU SEEN LUIS VELEZ is my absolute favorite since Take Me With You. The narrator Michael Crouch was award-winning! EXTRAORDINARY. LOVED❤️ Timely. Inspiring. Captivating.

More coming when back to my computer. Every person in this world needs to read this book and our world would be a much better place. TOPS!!!! 10 stars.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend, book-club
This is an extraordinary book about a very special relationship.

Raymond Jaffe is a 16 year old black boy who lives with his white mother and her husband and their children. Raymond doesn’t feel like he fits in with this family, or with his father and his young wife who seems to resent that Raymond exists. He has no friends at school, so he feels like he doesn’t fit in there either.

One day an elderly, blind neighbor, Millie Gutermann, is standing outside her apartment asking everyone who walks
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What a wonderful book! I have read and mostly really enjoyed a few by this author previously, so jumped at the chance of an ARC, not really worrying about what it was about. Well this is her best yet, a moving story about an unusual friendship between two very special characters.

Raymond, a sixteen year old from New York who feels he doesn’t fit in with his new family after his parents’ divorce, meets an elderly lady, Millie, who lives in the same building and is asking passing strangers whether
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It struck him odd that he’d had to come to the home of a blind woman to be seen clearly.

Catherine Ryan Hyde has been one of my favourite go to authors since she came out with Pay it Forward in 1999. Have You Seen Luis Velez? just proves it is always smart to read a new book by a beloved writer. The beginning of this book made me think of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, because it has a child searching for something throughout New York, but that is where the similarities end.

For me - th
Sharon Metcalf
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, owned
4.5 stars

Have You Seen Luis Velez was my first taste of Catherine Ryan Hyde's writing and it was a delicious. All my favourite taste sensations bundled up into one wholesome meal that left me feeling filled to the brim with goodness and eager to savour the next.

In the first chapter we meet Raymond, a kind and sensitive 16 year old boy who doesn't feel he belongs anywhere, sadly even in his own home. He's smart and perceptive but lacks self esteem and emanates a sense of unhappiness. His chance m
I won this book from the author on her blog!
I encourage you to get a copy of this thoughtful & inspirational story. I loved Ramon, a 17 year old boy who feels like no one listens or understands him. He meets Mildred or “Mrs G”, a 92 year old, blind woman who lives in his building. She needs help getting to the bank and grocery store because her friend Luis Velez has disappeared. Ramon & Mrs G form a friendship that is unlikely but so special. I felt so inspired and encouraged by this uplifting
Carmel Hanes
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a lot of serious books recently, or those difficult to read, or those mired in controversy. It's like I've had my nose pressed against the window watching a parade of ugly march past. This book spun me around to the garden view, where spring was blooming. It's a light read, but it was a refreshing change and just what the doctor ordered.

An angsty but likeable misfit boy, a vulnerable and lonely elderly woman and a mysterious disappearance create a dynamic that allows the autho
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